I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German westar to the west and probably to Latin vesper evening, Greek hesperos Date: before 12th century to, toward, or in the west II. adjective Date: before 12th century 1. situated toward or at the west <
the west exit
2. coming from the west <
a west wind
III. noun Date: 12th century 1. a. the general direction of sunset ; the direction to the left of one facing north b. the compass point directly opposite to east 2. capitalized a. regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation b. the noncommunist countries of Europe and America 3. the end of a church opposite the chancel 4. often capitalized a. the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the west or at the left of a diagram b. a person (as a bridge player) occupying this position during a specified activity

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